A piece of equipment that is essential to keeping local police officers safe was on the agenda for the Board of Mayor and Aldermen this month.
Police Captain Sean Williams on May 14 secured Board approval for the purchase of soft body armor from GT Distributors of Georgia, Inc. The total purchase will not exceed $10,000.
Williams noted every commissioned officer with the Collierville Police Department is issued soft body armor, and they are encouraged but not mandated to wear it while performing day-to-day duties. Body armor has an expiration date, he said, and should be replaced every five years.
Therefore, Williams was seeking Board approval to replace expired body armor and to purchase new body armor for officers who are being hired by the local department.
He said three companies responded to a competitive bidding process, and an evaluation committee considered GT Distributors and Galls, Inc. for the contract. Galls was the low bidder but bid on an equivalent product rather than the Townâ€™s specifications; since GT was the low bidder for the manufacturer of the armor the CPD specified, Williams recommended going with GTâ€™s bid.
â€œThe Police Department performed a product evaluation on samples provided by both low bidders and noted the higher rated vest to be the Safariland Matrix MR02 that is offered by GT Distributors based on factors of fit, ease of adjustment, range of motion, overall comfort of the vest and customer service,â€ he noted in a memo to the Board.
Williams said GTâ€™s bid comes in at just under $500 per unit for the 18-20 units the department is looking to replace. Therefore, the total purchase will not exceed the $10,000 that was budgeted.
Board members approved the contract unanimously. The contract will be for one year, and the Town can extend it for two more one-year terms.
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Police Chief Larry Goodwin accepted the honor on behalf of the department. â€œWe appreciate your continued support, Mayor and Board of Aldermen,â€ Goodwin said.